Category: News & Current Events

A Night at the Portland Candidate Forum

by Simon Travis When I showed up at the “Portland Candidate Forum” on January 19th, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It was held at St. Philip Neri Church on SE Division and 16th. The League of Women Voters of Portland, and the Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition along with many other co-sponsors organized the…

Police Violence Mars Occupy Portland Rally for Tahrir Anniversary

by Adam Rothstein Occupy Portland activists gathered for a rally and march in Pioneer Square today, but met with violence by the police department when they attempted to take the street. Fired up by the police action, the protesters, already in a mood colored by the shooting of man today in downtown Portland by police,…

Acting Locally at the People’s Forum for Candidates

by Vargus Pike “Think Globally Act Locally” …one of my favorite bumper stickers of all time, short simple and sweet. Time Magazine‘s person of the year for 2011 was The Protestor. Protest: a global phenomenon that started with Mohamed Bouazizi’s self immolation to protest his treatment at the hands of a local official in Tunisia.…

The Student Debt Bubble: Interview with Alan Nasser

by Collin Harris Alan Nasser is professor emeritus of Political Economy at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and co-author of the article “The Student Loan Debt Bubble.” Collin Harris is a freelance writer, media producer, and activist based in Portland, OR. He will be launching MOSS Magazine this winter. Collin Harris: How severe…

Victory? Inching toward possible agreement between ILWU & EGT

by Adam Rothstein ***We’ve heard conflicting statements about the accuracy of the original article. The article below reflects our most current knowledge. We’re awaiting updates and will report as soon as they are available.*** Sources close to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21 in Longview, Washington say that West Coast Occupations and all…

Progressive Party Joins Occupy on Longview Strike

by Barbara G. Ellis By a unanimous vote of its executive board last Tuesday the Oregon Progressive Party became the only political party so far to join the Occupy movement in condemning the upcoming use of U.S. Coast Guard ships and helicopters as an armed scab force. The federal action is designed to protect a…

UPDATED: EGT to Potentially Settle Contract with ILWU

by Adam Rothstein UPDATE:Occupy the EGT has put out a press release, acknowledging the possibility of a settlement. According to the statement, “Anonymous sources indicate that President McElrath [of the ILWU] has negotiated a tentative agreement, which states that no work at the terminal in Longview will be performed until a labor agreement is reached.”…

Justin James Rides Again

  By Sarah Gallegos Monday, January 16, 2012 marked the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., but there was even more to celebrate.  Occupiers turned out to the Alberta Rose Theatre at 3000 NE Alberta St. in Portland to join Justin Bridges–who most of you may remember from when he was brutally and callously beaten…

Photo Essay: Occupy Congress

by Daniel Jackson January 17th marked the first session of Congress for the 2012 year. With the presidential elections in the fall and a declining economy, people from all different backgrounds came together to protest lawmakers and corporations who are responsible for the current economic depression of the country. People around the world have woken…